Voices to be taught at public schools in California
Vocational therapy schools are set to be a part of California’s public schools this fall, but there’s a catch: They’re only going to teach the same thing for the duration of the school year.
The state of California is looking to create a new school-based training program for students to learn about the voice, using voice therapy to help people with different levels of experience with voice.
It’s called Voices to Be.
The program will be modeled on the one in New York, which has trained more than 200,000 people in its two-year program.
But unlike New York’s, California’s program is for people who are just starting out and have a limited understanding of voice therapy.
The new program is designed to give people a chance to develop a better understanding of the role that voice therapy plays in the lives of people with varying levels of emotional, cognitive and behavioral challenges.
The goal is to be able to teach students about how to communicate better in the face of stress and anxiety, the Voice to Be program’s website says.
That includes how to listen and how to manage stress, and how a person might feel about their voice if they didn’t.
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there about how the voice affects us,” said Natalie Stokes, the program’s co-director.
“We want to get that out there so that people understand it.”
There are currently more than 100 public schools participating in the program.
The school districts are responsible for deciding which students will be able participate, and students can choose to take part in a course or the whole school year if they so choose.
“If we had to choose just one person to start, we would have chosen this person because of their level of emotional maturity, their level, their ability to think about and learn, and their ability with voice,” Stokes said.
“That person would have been the one we would use.”
To participate in the new program, students must have a basic understanding of how voice therapy works.
They must be at least 16 years old and have at least three years of experience in voice therapy, the California Department of Education said.
The first class will start on Tuesday, July 1.
After the first session, students will work through their own voice therapy sessions, and the rest of the year will be spent learning about voice therapy and coping with it.
They’ll also participate in other workshops and classes, and attend regular school functions and extracurricular activities.
For those students who can’t find the time to attend a regular school function, the school district will be offering them an online, 24/7 voice therapy program through the company Voice.net, which will offer a fee-for-service version of the program at no cost to students.
Stokes expects the program will become a big part of the schools’ daily lives.
“It’s about teaching these kids that voice can be a great thing,” Stakes said.